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Retrofit is the process of upgrading our homes to make them more energy efficient, reducing carbon emissions and creating homes that are healthier and cheaper to live in. 

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There is currently a skills gap in the Retrofitting industry and therefore we need more skilled workers to help the region future proof their homes, reduce carbon footprint and create more energy efficient, comfortable homes.

Retrofitting buildings – installing upgrades to make them more energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective – is at the forefront of the UK’s mission to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Construction industry experts estimate that the Retrofitting market could be worth between £3.5bn and £6.5bn over the next 25 years.

Middlesbrough College is partnering with the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT), construction group ESH and other regional employers to help train up more workers.

This surging demand for Retrofitting requires trained and skilled tradespeople to carry out the work.

You may be: 

  • Already working within construction or customer service sectors and are looking to move into Retrofitting 
  • Work in Retrofitting but want to work at a more advanced level 
  • Have little experience but want to get into the field of Retrofitting 
  • An employer who wants to train or upskill your workforce in Retrofitting 
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We are proud to be one of the leading providers in technical education. Middlesbrough College is a partner college in the North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT). Led by New College Durham, Middlesbrough College is the sole deliverer of IoT accredited courses in the Tees Valley.

Click here to find out more about NEIoT

What courses can I study in Retrofit?

Here at Middlesbrough College, we have a range of courses combining theoretical knowledge and practical application for beginners who want to learn how to install and carry out Retrofit to homes to those looking to advise and communicate on, assess or co-ordinate Retrofit projects within the sector. 

Courses include:

North East Institute of Technology: Retrofit Installer

Carries out the upgrades to the property.

North East Institute of Technology: Retrofit Advisor

Offers advice on what needs to be done.

North East Institute of Technology: Retrofit Assessor

Assesses houses and decides what improvements need to be made.

North East Institute of Technology: Retrofit Co-ordinator

Manages the Retrofit project right through to the end.

Share your interest!

All courses are part time and last approximately 16 weeks, so you can fit them around your daily life and we will give you lots of support and help whilst you are studying with us.  We will also help you to get interviews in the housing sector at the end of your course if you are not already working in the industry. 

What’s more, Retrofit courses are Skills Bootcamps and may be FREE depending upon your personal circumstances. If you are living in the Tees Valley and are currently unemployed or employed and earning less than £33,210 per annum you could be eligible.  

Please enquire, as anyone on benefits may still be able to claim their benefits and not lose out whilst doing the programme.

Why study with Middlesbrough College? 

  • Qualifications are accredited and aligned to job roles stipulated by PAS 2035, the industry standard
  • We have trained and experienced tutors in Retrofit
  • Classes are taught face-to-face but there will be some online modules ensure you have access to course content and support materials
  • Course is evidence based and students will collate evidence from their employers and mentors to meet requirements
  • We are rated Ofsted rated Good with six Outstanding features
  • We are a partner in the North East Institute of Technology – a quality badge for technical training
  • Partnerships with Esh construction and other employers in the housing sector
  • First class support from our dedicated student support team whilst you are learning
  • Individual learners – your course may be free
  • Employers – you may only have to pay a small fee for your workforce to be trained
Retrofit team

There will be plenty of jobs across the local regions working for local councils, energy hubs, contractors and installers, maintenance and repair companies, large construction companies, property developers and housing associations. 

Click here to share your interest

Complete this form on the NEIoT website to express your interest in the Retrofit courses.